George Leef

Director of Research, John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

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What a Dull School Cal Tech Must Be

Dec 10, 2010 by George Leef |

How do the Cal Tech students ever learn about students who are different from themselves?  How do they ever manage to overcome their biases and learn to celebrate diversity?"

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What’s the Value of Freshman Composition Courses?

Dec 10, 2010 by George Leef |

Here's an essay about a composition course at UNC that was a waste of time.  No student, who wanted to improve his writing, would buy a course like this in a stand-alone, free market transaction.

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An English Professor Who Understands Austrian Malinvestment Theory

Dec 08, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, Troy Camplin discusses his rather unsatisfactory experience as a Ph.D. who can only obtain adjunct teaching positions. He sees his situation (staying at home with his young children… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

A Victim of the Education Bubble

Dec 03, 2010 by George Leef |

Listen to this illuminating interview Peter Schiff did with a student who is $200,000 in debt for a sociology degree from Northeastern University. Schiff gets right at the root of the problem: government guaranteed student loans.

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Do We Really Want to “Stabilize” State University Funding?

Dec 01, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I take a critical look at a proposal made in the Nov. 23 Wall Street Journal by University of Oregon president Richard Lariviere. He repeats the usual lines about how the US is becoming… Continue Reading | 6 Comments >

Is This the Way to Improve College Admissions?

Nov 29, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I review Robert Sternberg's recent book College Admissions for the 21st Century. Sternberg's contention is that colleges can admit a better student body -- more students… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Another Dissent on the Idea that Economic Growth Depends on Having More College Grads

Nov 23, 2010 by George Leef |

In this LA Times op-ed, economics professor Shirley Svorny (Cal State Northridge) argues against the idea that if a state puts more kids through college, that will provide it with an economic boost. While the bigwigs in… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Are Universities Our “Engines of Innovation”?

Nov 22, 2010 by George Leef |

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp recently published a book in which he maintains that universities are the country's "engines of innovation." In today's Pope Center article, however, Jay Schalin runs that notion past a real… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Accreditation and Educational Quality

Nov 17, 2010 by George Leef |

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I discuss the recent study done by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity on higher ed accreditation. The authors conclude that college accreditation served some useful… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

UNC Stonewalls Information Request on Faculty Research

Nov 15, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Jay Schalin writes about the way the UNC English Department has stonewalled his efforts at gathering information on the research publications of faculty members. It seems that they don't want… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Colleges Just Can’t Avoid Rising Costs

Nov 10, 2010 by George Leef |

That, anyway, is an explanation we sometimes hear from the higher education establishment. Colleges are supposedly helpless victims of rising costs, particular because rising productivity elsewhere in the economy increases the… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

On the Understanding of Economics

Nov 09, 2010 by George Leef |

A recent Pope Center article in which a number of economics professors explained why they find that students comprehend the subject better if they avoid mathematics and focus exclusively on the logic of human action has raised… Continue Reading | 2 Comments >

Higher Education Needs the Creative Destruction of Capitalism

Nov 03, 2010 by George Leef |

That view is hardly surprising among the limited government types who frequent the NAS blog, but quite surprising when you hear it from a "progressive" writer. That's the case, however, with DIY U by Anya Kamenetz,… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

Yes, You CAN Teach an Interesting Economics Course!

Nov 01, 2010 by George Leef |

In today's Pope Center piece, Jane Shaw writes about an event we sponsored last Friday, bringing together several econ profs to share their ideas on how to make the subject interesting to students. The crucial thing -- steer… Continue Reading | 4 Comments >

“Just the Facts, Ma’am”

Oct 27, 2010 by George Leef |

That's the approach the Pope Center is taking with the release today of a piece loaded with facts about higher education in the U.S. It is not something that flatters the educational establishment. Jenna Ashley Robinson writes… Continue Reading | Leave a Comment >

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